The 7 Roles Of The President
Posted on November 09, 2016
The 2016 Presidential election was historical. A shocking
turn of events has placed Donald
Trump in the White House. As Americans, we seemed fixated on this
election more than any other. But is the President really that
important? Let’s take a trip back to grade school to review the roles and
responsibilities of our nation’s President.
Chief of State
One of the President’s jobs is being the Chief of State.
This means he is our morale booster when we need it and a pat on the back
when we deserve it. You can think of him as the “hype man” of our
nation. An example of this is when the President awards scholarships and
medals to outstanding citizens. He gives uplifting speeches during dark
times and congratulatory speeches in prosperous time.
The President serves as America’s moral compass
and the living symbol of our country. We Americans take
pride in values such as hard work, justice and freedom. Our President
assumes the role of protector of these values when he steps into office.
Our government is split into three branches: Legislative,
Executive, and Judicial. The President is the head of the Executive
branch. Along with the President, the Vice President and his Cabinet make up
the entirety of this branch. They are responsible for carrying out laws
and making sure that laws are upheld. Together, they
meet to discuss matters of policy on infinite topics.
The President often works with the other two branches of
government too. You can think of the President as the CEO of our country. The
President sometimes handles the appointment of leaders in the Legislative
and Judicial branches. He may reside in the Executive branch, but his gaze
Our country’s Legislative branch handles legislature.
Creating bills doesn’t involve the President, but he certainly plays a part
in making bills a law.
The President’s most well-known relationship to the
Legislative branch is the right to veto. According to our Constitution, a
President can veto bills passed by Congress. This means he has the power
to deny bills from becoming laws. However, that isn’t all that he does
during the law making process.
The President uses his power to express dismay
with the Legislative branch. When bills get hung up in Congress, it’s the
President’s job to help crack the whip and sway opinions. The President
may give speeches to Congress to encourage bipartisan work relations.
These are sometimes necessary given the bipartisan dismay within our
Foreign and diplomatic affairs also fall into the basket of
responsibility for the President. The President is not just the face of the
country at home—he’s the face of the country to the rest of the world, too.
Meeting with world leaders is another duty to maintain
The President leads the conversation on foreign policy. To
maintain foreign relationships, the President must stay involved in world
issues. He doesn’t necessarily do this alone, though. The President looks
to advisers and ambassadors aid in foreign policy and relations.
As Commander-In-Chief, the President is in charge of our
country’s armed forces. The declaration of war speech made by George W. Bush
after 9/11 is an example of a President acting as head of armed forces.
However, declaring war the isn’t the only job of the Commander-In-Chief.
The President is also responsible for day-to-day
coordination of our troops. He is an active member at the decision table for
our military. The President inspects our military's newest and
most powerful weaponry. He helps with planning military placement. And
most notably, the President is in all conversations on strategic military
decisions. It’s no wonder our Presidents leave office with more grey hair than
they started with.
Chief of Party
Now that we have a Republican President, we should expect to
see more Republicans holding political office. This is because the Oval Office
influences other offices to bring in same party candidates. The
President does this by campaigning on behalf of like-minded, same party members.
The more allies he has in government roles, the easier the President can
Less push back means more work can be done. By
ensuring party strength among the branches, the President has more support. He
needs this support for re-election or policy-making.
Guardian of the Economy
The President can help make or break the economy.
In most elections, the growth of the economy is a huge topic
of discussion. This is because the President has, in large part, the power to
grow or shrink the economy. The President works to decrease unemployment and
create a booming economy. Whether the President does this successfully is
Our Presidents are skilled in economics matters
but few of them are experts. Most of the economic work the President does
is actually thanks to true experts in the field. Yet in times of
economic trouble, the people look to the President to help guide the
country out of dark times.
This Concludes Class for Today
Who knew the President had so many responsibilities? With
all that is expected of them, it’s no wonder so many report a lack of sleep and
high stress. In fact, our current President, Barack Obama, averages only 5- 6
hours of sleep. The job of President is not one to take lightly.
Now that Donald Trump has been elected, we will see if these
roles change. Since he doesn't have political experience, he could shake
things up from the norm. No matter, the majority of Americans felt he would be
the next best President. He will soon assume of role of President and working
tirelessly to make our country great.
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